The more I read about CURIOSITY, the more I am convinced it is the number one attribute required for long-term, future-proofed success. We live in times of great tumult – we must be agile, and what better preparation for aggressive, ongoing change than a willingness to discover?
The ever-impeccable Harald Jarche talks about Gary Klein’s new book Seeing What Others Don’t, how so much of work is focused on removal of error and uncertainty – the process of packing away, hiding, locking down.
Insight, however, comes from that willingness to test, to discover, to seek.
Which reminds of my favourite quote, one which I parse at least yearly, to challenge myself about my approach to the world around me. From the naturalist Peter Matthiessen:
“Soon the child’s clear eye is clouded over by ideas and opinions, preconceptions, and abstractions.
Not until years later does an instinct come that a vital sense of mystery has been withdrawn.
The sun glints through the pines and the heart is pierced in a moment of beauty and strange pain, like a memory of paradise.
After that day, we become seekers.”
YES. To be a seeker is to uncover, discover, REDISCOVER all that is magical in our world; to be curious for what might be; to be ready for the future.
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